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Undefeated knockout artist Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr.(5-0, 5 KOs) will return to the ring on August 6th to slug it out with Thailand’s Kong Kiatpracha Gym (5-8-1, 4 KOs). The event will mark Penalosa’s first fight against a foreign opposition. The announcement was officially made during a press conference earlier today at the Sports Exchange Bar and Grill, Cebu City.

The event, dubbed as Laban ng Lahi – Dugong Kampeon, will be held at the Mandaue City Sports Complex.

“I am excited to be fighting for the first time against a foreigner,” Penalosa told the member of Cebu City’s sports media. “I am pressured to do well in this fight because of the publicity.”

Penalosa, who is coming off from a 4th-round TKO win over Jefferey Jimenez nearly a month ago, is still suffering from a cut he sustained from the bout. Concerns were raised about Penalosa’s condition, to which his father, former world champion Dodie Sr., quickly addressed.

“The cut was opened yesterday during a sparring session,” the older Penalosa told the media. “We are really concerned which is why we focused on mitts and improving his style.”

Speaking of style, Penalosa Jr. admits he still has a lot to work on.

“I watched the replay of last fight and I can see that I easily got hit.”

This writer asked two-time world champion Gerry Penalosa, owner of GerryPens Promotions and uncle and promoter of Penalosa Jr., if he feels his nephew is ready to fight abroad anytime soon.

“I want to build my nephew up first,” Gerry answered. “Give him the experience and match him with quality opponents first. But he is getting there.”

Also slated to fight in the undercard are world-class prizefighters Rodel Mayol (28-5-2, 21 KOs) and Jimrex Jaca (33-6-3, 18 KOs). Mayol was originally tapped to fight Tyson Marquez of Mexico for a world title but declined because of the close proximity of the fight date when the invitation came. The assignment was then offered to fellow Filipino Edrin Dapudong, who lost to the Mexican.

“I am really happy to be given the chance to fight again in Cebu,” expressed Mayol. “I haven’t fought in the Philippines in five years.”

Asked whether he can take Marquez if they should meet in the ring, the Mandaue City native was not shy to make a statement.

“He has power,” Mayol admits. “But if you look at the quality of his previous opponents, they are not that durable. Remember Richie Mepranum and Nonito Donaire beat him.”

I can take him on.”

This writer quizzed Jaca if he really thinks former conqueror and now undisputed lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez can punch that hard, referring to Marquez’ last week’s win over Likar Ramos via a one-punch knockout.

“He punches hard,” Jaca said. “But I can’t say for certain if he can really punch THAT hard. We fought at featherweight and it was a long time ago.”

This writer could not resist asking Mayol for his take on the upcoming Khan-Judah fight this Saturday (Sunday morning here in the Philippines). Mayol trains with Khan at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym.

“I think Khan will win by decision,” Mayol said. “Khan is so fast. I don’t think Judah can match Khan’s speed.”

Randy Petalcorin will also see action in the undercard against Michael Rodriguez for the interim PABA light flyweight championship.

Laban ng Lahi-Dugong Kampeon will be aired by GMA Network on August 7th, 2011, Sunday at 10AM.

Photo credits: PhilBoxing.com

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Kenneth P. Ragpala is an award-winning sports blogger who has been covering the sport of boxing since 2008. His works have appeared in local newspapers in his home city in Cagayan de Oro and in several online publications abroad. Ragpala has written for several boxing websites, namely Fight Hype, 8 Count News, and Bleacher Report.